Antwerp Expansion Builds on the Groups’ Recent Move into the ARA Market
Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, has today announced that it is now officially offering physical bunker supply in the port of Antwerp (Belgium) from its existing office in Rotterdam (Netherlands) with immediate effect.
Barge Valsinni - Image courtesy: Gulf Petrochem
The new offering will cater to the group’s global customers and provide them with a wide portfolio of marine fuel products such as RMG 380 and LSGO from two exclusive time chartered barges, the Valsinni and the Chardonnay. Both barges have a capacity of 4,600 dwt (deadweight tonnage), Valsinni at 3,000 dwt and the Chardonnay at 1,600 dwt, and pumping capacity of 960 cbm/hour and 840 cbm/hour respectively. Both barges have been exclusively chartered from Gulf Petrochem’s reliable and existing barge partner, Dari BV.
The launch of physical supply operations in Antwerp comes off the back of Gulf Petrochem’s successful launch of its Rotterdam operations earlier this year. The group’s ARA expansion will further complement its growing global footprint in bunker supply which to date includes all ports in the UAE, West Africa, Gulf of Kutch, Indian ports of Kandla, Sikka and Vadinar as well as the expansion of the Singapore and London offices.
Speaking of the developments in Antwerp, Neil Lamerton – Global Head of Bunkering at Gulf Petrochem Group said: “Entering the Antwerp market only serves to reaffirm the group’s commitment to grow the business off the back of a very successful start in Rotterdam. Further to this, our latest expansion now allows us to supply our customers with consistently high quality products and customer service to match with a fully-fledged, first class ARA service.”
Lamerton went on to add, “our operations in Antwerp will be handled from our established office in Rotterdam which also undertakes worldwide back-to-back bunker and cargo trading, as well as housing the group’s West Africa desk supplying the Ports of Tema and Takoradi respectively.
Source: Gulf Petrochem